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5.0 out of 5 stars This Modern Classic Contains Revolutionary Insights, March 3, 2009
This review is from: Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream (Hardcover)
The domain of the ignorant is to misunderstand, as the domain of the genius is to provoke. Socrates was accused of corrupting Athenian youth when he tried to make them think by the means of provocative questions wrapped in feigned ignorance that the Athenians, in their confusion, misunderstood as challenging their traditional beliefs. So it must be with Mr. Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe" the "Plumber," the trustworthy "everyday American," who stated on national TV that he was "about to purchase a 250k business" even though he could not and had no plan to do so whatsoever, who has gifted us with this instant modern classic.

In this book and in real life, he graces us with pricess wisdom after wisdom. His words may at first appear to violate all rules of logic, common sense and basic education. However, they are not nausiating and narcissitic hemorrhaging of willful ignorance they first appear to be, and his book is definitely not a shameless attempt to cash in on a quick media-driven fame. Mr. Wurzelbacher would never resort to such things! Rather, this magnificant ghostwritten tome of 200 pages is densely filled with nuclear-grade insights disguised as H-bomb grade idiocy, where every statement he throws and every question he asks blindsides us to challenge our own knowledge and assumptions. For example, when he pretends to be completely ignorant of the difference of revenue and income, he challenges us to examine our own understanding of the Internal Revenue Code: he has issued a somber reminder of the complexities of the U.S. tax system that bewilder and befuddle even the trained professionals. He then even went so far as to prove the exact point himself by not paying taxes for a while. When he continues to repeat his apparent misunderstanding even after Obama informs him, he warns us how careless words can enslave the speaker forever, even after numerous chances for corrections. When he astonishes us by saying that news media should not be allowed near war zones, he is clearly referencing the master film-maker Godard, who said there can be no true anti-war film because describing a war inherently glorifies it. Generations of scholars will be uncovering pearls of wisdom from this thoughtful figure, wondering, like we do with Shakespeare, how he had the time to pour in all this experience, perceptions, knowledges and references in a mere span of a month or two, or in a flash of inspiration, in case of his live statements.

In short, a perception tells more of the perceiver than what is perceived. A wise man will see great wisdom in an apparent babbling, and a great businessman will see opportunities others avoid. Alexander saw a great philosopher that the ignorant simply perceived as a begger. Likewise, Mr. Wurzelbacher's statements may appear to be misguided waste of time to those who are not used to critical thought, such as the president of the Harvard Law Review, professors or typical college educated folks--but they contain a great lesson for those who are wise, curious and open, like high school drop outs, pregnant teenage mothers or Sean Hannity.

I purused Amazon's rating system for a bit and noticed that the "five stars" rating is usually given to authors such as Shakespeare, Thucydides, Edgar Allen Poe, or even modern hacks such as Hemingway or Pynchon. Five stars is clearly inadequate for Mr. Wurzelbacher's creation--I call it the Second Bible. I will petition Amazon to create a ten-star rating just for this book. Meanwhile, I will rate it at mere five stars for now.
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Initial post: Mar 3, 2009 8:53:43 AM PST
You are right - this book deserves seven and a half stars! Also! He has made me think and examine myself, such as, oh and in the old days everything was better, also!
Yes, seven and three quarter stars for this "book" by this "author" immediately!

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 10:16:20 AM PST
AndyB says:
You, Sir, are a genius.

Sadly, your review contains more wisdom that all of Joe's book.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 10:52:01 AM PST
nsv says:
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